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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018

Memphis Medical Leaders Focus On Transforming Healthcare Despite an Uncertain Pathway, Local Administrators Navigate a Positive Course By SUZANNE BOYD With the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unresolved, healthcare continues to face major challenges. While reforms have been proposed, what shape or direction the system will take remains unclear. However, despite the uncertainty, healthcare leaders and providers remain focused on providing quality care. Managing change has become the norm in the industry, but despite this challenge leaders and providers are finding innovative ways to improve the current system. From healthcare executives to practice administrators to legal eagles to physicians, these Memphis healthcare leaders are offering effective and wise direction on how best to proceed into an unpredictable future. Bill Breen, Senior VP for Physician Alignment with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, sees reform as providing increasing incentives to improve the way we

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operate and is compelling us to look at what we can afford as a country and a health system. “Reform was and is inevitable, but it can force us to rethink the way we operate,” he said. “It is a necessary catalyst to a new way to operate healthcare entities with a theme of accountability on both sides as a provider and patient.” While reform is stalled in the legislative process, John Lewis, CEO of Semmes Murphey Clinic, sees one key driving force to reform as those who are living it every day. “Practices and hospitals have to be the drivers behind reforming the system,” he said. “A lot of the reform initiatives have put the burden on practices and hospitals to work together to improve cost and outcomes. A part of that will be to educate patients on their accountability for taking responsibility in their care plan.” Reform is ongoing regardless of what stalemate politicians are in. “We are in the middle of reform and having to do it right now,” said Lewis. “All practices are focused on overhead,

costs and how to provide costeffective patient centered care. In our practice, we are measuring quality and outcomes while also focusing a great deal on the care coordination between providers inside and outside the clinic. We are working with hospital partners in different ways than in the past that allow us to work toward improving outcomes, lowering costs and better coordination in care.” As the administrator of MidSouth Pulmonary Specialists – a specialty that utilizes medications that can be extremely expensive, Kim Avery’s perspective on reform is to address what is creating the most issues. “There was no need to reinvent the wheel,” she said. “The system was in place, it just needed to be utilized rather than overhauled on a large scale.”

Kim Avery

With a focus on containing costs, which can be especially pertinent to clinics, Avery says reform should include looking where the expenses are in the system and address them. “For instance, if drug costs

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